Jayhawks Post Fourth-Highest Cumulative GPA
June 6, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Nine Kansas athletic teams achieved grade point averages of 3.0 or better and 209 student-athletes earned their way onto the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during the spring semester as the department combined to tally its fourth-highest cumulative GPA ever.
KU was led by volleyball’s 3.44 team GPA and saw the football team notch it’s single best GPA with a 3.0, topping its previous high of 2.75. Other sports achieving 3.0’s included soccer (3.32), softball and swimming & diving (3.25), men’s golf (3.14), women’s golf (3.11), tennis (3.05), and football and women’s track & field at 3.00. The department’s overall GPA of 2.99 is its fourth-highest in history.
Thirty-five student-athletes scored a perfect 4.0 GPA, leading a total of 209 who earned GPA’s of 3.0 or higher.
Kansas head volleyball coach Ray Bechard was pleased with the work his team put in during the spring semester, their third-consecutive semester at the top of the Jayhawk GPA chart.
“This is a testament to our team’s dedication both on the court and in the classroom,” Bechard said. “I’m very pleased and proud of them. Not only are they balancing the intense training and conditioning that comes with the spring practice session, we also increase the academic workload with the spring being our off-season. They handle that very well.”
The football team jumped more than half a letter grade from the 2.46 it posted during the fall semester, prior to the arrival of new head coach Charlie Weis.
“I am delighted that the football team achieved a 3.0 GPA,” said Weis. “That mark exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. To be able to jump more than half a letter grade in one semester, and exceeding the best GPA ever by a quarter-grade merits my congratulations to the entire team. Good things happen when you go to class, go on time and use academic support.”
Student-Athlete Grade Summary
Men’s Basketball 2.80
Women’s Basketball 2.48
Football 3.00 *All-time record for team
Men’s Golf 3.14
Women’s Golf 3.11
Swimming & Diving 3.25
Men’s Track & Field 2.84
Women’s Track & Field 3.00
All Sports Combined 2.99 *4th highest for department
Athletics Director’s Honor Roll
4.00 = 35
3.00-3.99 = 174
Total = 209 (53% Students on active rosters)